TV & FILM
Michael Garcia - June 6, 2016
I try not to get too excited about reboots and remakes of classic movies and TV shows because they invariably suck donkey balls. But for some reason I'm totally caught up in the hype for the Netflix reboot of Voltron. It basically tells the same story of the space explorers who become the pilots of five robot lions that form a giant ass kicking robot to defend the universe from the evil king Zarkon. It just feels...right. I haven't watched the show yet, it doesn't come out until Friday, but it just has the same feel as the original show. The show, much like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is fueled by nostalgia. Some might say this is a bad thing but for those of us fans who want a taste of the old with a new iteration of the story it is essential. Nostalgia can be a bad thing if it leads to a dogged reinterpretation of the old material. But not respecting nostalgia somewhat leads you to what Lucas did with the Star Wars prequels. What nostalgia can do is recapture the spirit of the original if not the content.
Voltron: Legendary Defender's showrunner says,
"But the nostalgic hold that show has on an entire generation is undeniable… It’s a testament to just how awesome Voltron is. With Legendary Defender we’re looking to take all of those nostalgic pillars and themes and fill in all the parts that may not have been in there in the original while adding our own flavor to the mix as well. We like to think we’re not making the show we watched…. Rather the show we remember watching.”
The show we REMEMBER watching. That's key.
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